It was chilly and a bit windy for my walk around Rutland Water yesterday (29/01) but for most of my visit the light was very good as evidenced by my first spot, a female stonechat perched on the reeds in front of the hide.
Large numbers of ducks were in the water and grazing on the grassy areas. These are Wigeon but there were also large numbers of Shovellers.
There were smaller numbers of Shellduck and Goosanders around but the Duck of the Day was a magnificent male Smew. As far as I remember this is my first close view of this beautiful bird and certainly my first photographs.
And finally this Curlew was woken up by a mass flyby of Shovellers to show off its remarkable down-turned bill.